Rituals for Scelsi

Rituals for Scelsi

Ensemble Variances and Frances-Marie Uitti, cello

Works by Giacinto Scelsi and Thierry Pécou



I first met Thierry Pécou in Cairo where we played the Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen - a masterpiece in additive rhythms and extended linear thinking. Think Slow. Thierry’s music was also played which astounded me through its colorfull driving force.

During the festival we had a chance to improvise with traditional Egyptian musicians, introducing me to the real-time musical mind of Thierry. This combination of the spiritual and the instantaneous musical response led us to marry the music of Scelsi, also a master improviser, and Thierry - with my two bow technique. I cannot imagine a better combination of two musical minds weaving through the textures and counterpoints of two bowed harmonies. I await the rich timbres of Thierry’s music against the backdrop of Scelsi’s spiritual one-note world- a very unique musical experience in the making.

Frances-Marie Uitti


G. Scelsi Ko-Lho for flute and clarinet

G. Scelsi Ygghur for solo cello

T. Pécou Sextuor for wind quintet and piano (work inspired by Indonesian Gamelans)

G. Scelsi Maknongan for bass flute, bass clarinet and cello

T. Pécou Chö, un rituel tibétain for bass clarinet, piano, flute in G, cello and percussions

Frances-Marie Uitti Improvisations

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Guest artist

Frances-Marie Uitti, two-bow cello

Ensemble Variances

Anne Cartel, flute

Carjez Gerretsen, clarinet

Nicolas Prost, saxophone

Horn to be defined

Loïc Chevandier, piano

Thierry Pécou, bassoon

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The Ensemble Variances receive support from Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Drac Normandie, Région Normandie, Spedidam, Sacem, Ville de Rouen, Odia Normandie, Onda. The Ensemble Variances is member of Fevis, Futurs Composés, Bureau Export and Profedim. It is member of Groupement d'Employeurs Solstice, supported by Région Normandie. Caisse des Dépôts, main sponsor of Ensemble Variances.